TITLE

PAPERBACKS

AUTHOR(S)
WILLIAM LEITH
PUB. DATE
May 2012
SOURCE
Evening Standard;5/24/2012, p49
SOURCE TYPE
Newspaper
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
A BUNCH OF FIVES by Helen Simpson (Vintage, �8.99) THE great thing about Helen Simpson � or one of the great things � is the way she pins people down so beautifully. We see her characters, in these short stories, as they do normal things � they go for walks, they buy things, they smoke, they fancy people. They worry about their health. They jump off the page. There's a brilliant story, my favourite, about a couple: the man smokes, and coughs, and goes to the doctor, and there's a shadow on his lung, and suddenly he's not bored with his wife any more, and you realise their relationship will flourish briefly if he has cancer, but might not if it's a false alarm. And her phrases sparkle.
ACCESSION #
75905049

 

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